It’s over and over for Google Stadia: the well-known streaming service for games will stop on January 19. Fortunately, you can easily continue playing some titles on another platform. Here they are.
Google Stadia seemed like such a good idea. This game streaming service allowed you to play the latest titles without the need for an expensive PC of your own. Google ran the game on its own servers and sent the image to your computer or television.
Still, Google is discontinuing Stadia. From Thursday January 19 the service is no longer available in the Netherlands. Although the technique worked well, too few people used it. If you purchased hardware or software for Stadia, Google will refund it. Of course it remains annoying that you lose all your progress in played games.
Fortunately, some developers provide a way to track your purchases and/or saves transfer to another platform. Think of your own PC, PlayStation or Xbox. Below you will find a (probably not exhaustive) list. Note: you must do this before Google Stadia goes off the air!
- Ubisoft: Those who bought games from Ubisoft on Stadia can in many cases get a free copy for your own PC.
- Borderlands 3: You can transfer your saves to PC.
- Destiny 2: Move your characters to your own computer.
- Cyberpunk 2077: You can manually transfer your saves to your PC.
- Hitman 3: You can transfer your progress to PC, PlayStation or Xbox.
- The Elder Scrolls Online: If you bought this game on Stadia, you can download it and continue playing on your PC or Mac.
Google Stadia is thus added to the infamous Google graveyard: the list of projects that the company started with enthusiasm, but which were scrapped some time later. Often because there was simply too little interest in it.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to Google Stadia if you do not want to spend money on an expensive (game) computer. The highest rated is Xbox Cloud Gaming. This allows you to play Xbox games without having to have the console at home. Many titles require a controller. However, some games can be operated with the touchscreen of your smartphone.
This service is linked to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which gives you access to many prominent games. A subscription including Xbox Cloud Gaming costs 12.99 euros per month.